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Art Classes and Programs

The Cultural Arts Centre strives to offer creative, interesting and inspiring visual arts programs for the public with the goal of providing an art experience for everyone, young and old, novice to advanced. Cultural Arts Centre instructors, artists and City staff members also continually search for new programs and classes to offer. Below are some of the classes offered at the Cultural Arts Centre:


Instructor Jerry Thomas

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Professionally, Jerry Thomas has been an artist for more than 60 years, but he’s been drawing since before he could even talk. He grew up in a family of artists and while he received a liberal arts education, he has never received formalized art training or even taken an art class. Everything he’s learned he’s studied or taught himself, and he is proud to say since he was 18 he’s never had a day in his art career that he didn’t have a paying job to do. 


Now, Jerry focuses mostly on passing all of his expertise and knowledge on to his students, offering classes in a variety of media and subject matter. His most popular class is his Friday afternoon art clinics, which he’s hosted at the Cultural Arts Centre for more than 15 years.


Art Clinic

Fridays, 2-5 p.m. • $12 for Cultural Arts Centre members and non-members


All artists, amateur or experienced, are welcome to attend Jerry’s Art Clinic, held every Friday afternoon at the Cultural Arts Centre. No need to register in advance, just bring your supplies and a project you are working on, or start something new. Jerry will give you hands-on guidance and instruction.   

For information or to register for classes, contact Jerry Thomas directly at or 314-878-3048.



Instructor Shirley NachtriebShirley Nachtrieb 2017-2

Shirley Nachtrieb, a graduate of Fontbonne College, has been a freelance artist and teacher for over 30 years. From watercolor and pastel to acrylics, mixed media and fiber, Shirley’s expertise covers a vast array of media.

Shirley is a signature member of the Society of Layerists in Multimedia, St. Louis Watercolor Society, the International Society of Experimental Artists, and the Missouri Watercolor Society. She is a juried member of The Best of Missouri Hands and a distinguished member of the St. Louis Artist Guild.


Shirley has been awarded the prestigious Grumbacher Award of Excellence four times and her artwork has been published in numerous books and magazines.



To register, or for more information, contact Shirley Nachtrieb at 636-947-1936 or email at Visit her website at




Instructor Daniel Fishback

Oil Painting Art Instructor Daniel FishbackDaniel Fishback exited the corporate world in 2008 to pursue his art career full-time, just eight years after he learned how to paint. Now an award-winning artist, Daniel gives back to the arts through teaching.  


You can find him teaching oil painting classes at St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre on Thursday mornings.


Learn more about art instructor Daniel Fishback. 









Contact Daniel at 314-276-8880 or to register or for more information.





Instructor Mary Ann Helfrich

Art Instructor Mary Ann Helfrich

Mary Ann has an undergraduate from Indiana University and she earned a Master's degree from Maryville University.


She is a member of the St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre, a former Juried member of the St. Louis Artist Guild and the St. Louis Watercolor Society.


As a student of Shirley Nachtrieb, she has various art experiences. They include: working as a freelance muralist, mix-media painter, creative collage and card making instructor, and for the past seven years a watercolor painting instructor for home school groups, seniors and neighborhood friends. Her commissioned freelance murals, paintings and cards find their homes in many Missouri, Illinois, and North and South Carolina homes.




Contact Mary Ann at 314-724-6217 or to register or for more information.








Instructor Karen Kelley

Art Instructor Karen KelleyKaren grew up in an artistic family, and graduated in Art Education at Missouri University. She had a 37-year picture framing career before selling her frame shop and focusing her time on painting and teaching.


Pastel Painting Classes


Day Classes: Six-Week Session starting March 1, 2022

10 a.m.-noon • Tuesdays • $120


Evening Classes: Six-Week Session starting March 2, 2022

6:30-8:30 p.m. • Wednesdays • $120


In these classes, Karen will teach basic pastel techniques, art composition, color usage, and familiarity of various pastel and paper products.



Download the syllabus here. Contact Karen at 314-650-3703 or to register or for more information.





St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre

One St. Peters Centre Blvd.

(at City Hall)

St. Peters, Mo., 63376



9 a.m.-9 p.m.

Friday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Saturday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Sunday: Closed


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Financial assistance for programs at St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

Missouri Arts Council


St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre is a proud member of the Missouri Association of Community Arts Agencies, a statewide organization serving Missouri's community arts agencies. 

Missouri Association of Community Arts Agencies: MACAA  

St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre is a member of Missouri Citizens for the Arts, a non-partisan, state-wide, grass roots organization that advocates to secure stable financial support for the arts to benefit Missouri and its citizens.

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